• WordNet 3.6
    • v atone turn away from sin or do penitence
    • v atone make amends for "expiate one's sins"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atone To agree; to be in accordance; to accord. "He and Aufidius can no more atone Than violentest contrariety."
    • Atone To make satisfaction for; to expiate. "Or each atone his guilty love with life."
    • Atone To set at one; to reduce to concord; to reconcile, as parties at variance; to appease. "I would do much
      To atone them, for the love I bear to Cassio."
    • Atone To stand as an equivalent; to make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offense or a crime. "The murderer fell, and blood atoned for blood.""The ministry not atoning for their former conduct by any wise or popular measure."
    • Atone To unite in making. "The four elements . . . have atoned A noble league."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • atone At one; reconciled.
    • atone Together; at once.
    • atone To be at one; agree; be in accordance; accord.
    • atone To make reparation, amends, or satisfaction, as for an offense or a crime, or for an offender: with for.
    • atone To make up, as for errors or deficiencies; be a set-off or palliative.
    • atone To bring into concord; reconcile, as parties at variance.
    • atone To put in accordance; harmonize.
    • atone To unite in forming.
    • atone To conciliate; appease.
    • atone To expiate; answer or make satisfaction for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Atone at-ōn′ (Spens.) at one, at once, together.
    • v.i Atone at-ōn′ to give satisfaction or make reparation (with for): to make up for deficiencies:
    • v.t Atone to appease, to expiate:
    • v.i Atone at-ōn′ (Shak.) to agree, be in accordance
    • v.t Atone (arch.) harmonise, or reconcile
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  • R. A. Torrey
    R. A. Torrey
    “I am ready to meet God face to face tonight and look into those eyes of infinite holiness, for all my sins are covered by the atoning blood.”
  • Horace
    “Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.”
  • Robert Frost
    “No memory of having starred atones for later disregard, or keeps the end from being hard.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From at one, , i. e., to be, or cause to be, at one. See At one


In literature:

Even death dedicated to atonement can be a greater sin than the deed which one would atone.
"How Deacon Tubman and Parson Whitney Kept New Year's" by W. H. H. Murray
And in that holy moment I saw into the inner heaven of woman's love, which purifies and atones for the world.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
I have done all I could to atone for my carelessness, but I am afraid 'Zeke Pettengill will never forgive me.
"Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks" by Charles Felton Pidgin
But yet them mayest atone this difference betwixt us; verily, thou mayest.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Absolute Necessity of Atonement for Sin.
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer
But he did not believe either of her or of her mother that any money would be accepted as a sufficient atonement.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
After dinner I went to the rectory; I felt that my former hypocrisy and cowardice must be atoned for without delay.
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
Was it that she herself was instantly conscious of the coldness of her greeting, and anxious to atone for that?
"Sunrise" by William Black
She thought she was doing a good act, and would atone for her wicked conduct.
"Mrs Whittelsey's Magazine for Mothers and Daughters" by Various
But I will make thee an atonement by paying twice the worth of what was lost.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous

In poetry:

My convert heart delights to muse
On fallen man's deliv'rance found,
The sacrifice, the cleansing blood,
That for his bleeding guilt aton'd:
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
And the fiend will fetch me now in fire
My witchcrafts to atone,
And I who have rifled the dead man's grave
Shall never have rest in my own.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
Will Life, the bourne eternal crossed,
Attain the secret of her hours?
Will Sorrow find atoning Pow'rs,
And Love fare heavenward to her lost?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Of their travail and torture, Christ's fools,
Atoning my sins with their blood,
Who grinned in their agony sharing
The glorious madness of God.
"Woodbine Willie" by Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy
I go—to feed on pleasures flown,
Nor find the spring my loss atone;
But, 'mid the flowery sweets of May,
With pride recall this winter's day.
"Upon a Visit to a Lady of Quality" by William Shenstone
Is there such path already made to fit
The measure of my foot? It shall atone
For much, if I at length may light on it
And know it for mine own.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Back to The HooK front page THE BRAZEN CAREERIST- Home atone : House husband, where are you.
Atonement Lutheran, Carmen High School recognized for quality.
Today is Yom Kippur, when observers atone for their sins, often by apologizing to God, family and friends.
A guide to understanding the Day of Atonement .
'Hidden' Jobs, Atonement , And Knuckleballs.
A day for atonement .
Day of Atonement By Arley Steinhour 092312.
Atonement In Judaism, Christianity And Islam.
Time for repentance, atonement .
This column originally indicated the wrong date for live mural painting during services at Atonement Lutheran Church.
Painting channels creative worship at Atonement Lutheran.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wear white holiday cloths and eat cake during noon prayers a few hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of atonement, on Tuesday, September 25, at a synagogue in the central Israeli town of Bet Shemesh.
At sundown tonight, Jews around the world will observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, for those of the Jewish faith, begins today at sundown and continues until sunset tomorrow evening.
The Day of Atonement is Nigh.

In science:

We consider the evolution of the universe starting with an initial flat hypersurface at t = t∗ , on which the initial values of the inflaton field have a certain distribution.
Use of delta N formalism - Difficulties in generating large local-type non-Gaussianity during inflation -
In order to generate non-Gaussianity through the evolution on super horizon scales, it is therefore essential to consider multi-component inflaton field.
Use of delta N formalism - Difficulties in generating large local-type non-Gaussianity during inflation -
In a naive sense, slow-roll conditions require that the potential of the inflaton is a smooth function of φi .
Use of delta N formalism - Difficulties in generating large local-type non-Gaussianity during inflation -
Usually φ is the inflaton field and χ stays at χ = 0 during inflation.
Use of delta N formalism - Difficulties in generating large local-type non-Gaussianity during inflation -
The methods of effective field theory are used to study generic theories of inflation with a single inflaton field and to perform a general analysis of the associated non-Gaussianities.
Large non-Gaussianities in the Effective Field Theory Approach to Single-Field Inflation: the Bispectrum